Earth Fair 2010 Photos | Gelatin, Gooeyness, and Giggling

by Melissa on May 17, 2010

The Tandem Teaching Earth Fair photos have arrived! Those who attended the Earth Day extravaganza in San Diego with us will remember the pure delight and joy bursting from our booth. We will be sharing pics and our reflections on the event this week. One of our stations including the magical and mysterious gelatin recipe from Bev Bos (the brilliant Director at the Roseville Community Preschool and author of Don’t Move the Muffin Tins: A Hands Off Guide to Art for the Young Child).

Tandem Teaching at Earth Fair 2010. Melissa shows a little girl how the glycerin looks with food coloring in the light.

Look at her face! Watching her make that discovery felt like holding a miracle in your hand.

Tandem Teaching at Earth Fair

Tandem Teaching's booth at Earth Fair 2010 in San Diego, "the largest free annual environmental fair in the world."

Bev Bos’ Knox Gelatin Recipe:
1 box Knox Gelatin (all 32 packages)
18 cups water

Sprinkle gelatin in warm water to soften. Mix ingredients together and heat until dissolved. Pour into good sized mixing bowl, mold, pan etc.

Let stand until firm.

Color can be added to mixture while still liquid. However, it is much better to allow the kids to add the color once the gelatin is firm. (Try adding color with eye droppers or pipettes with food color. Push the pipettes down into the gelatin to release the color) Once the hardened gelatin has been broken down into small pieces, it can be reheated and remolded again in the containers.

Tandem Teaching at Earth Fair 2010 - Melissa shows a child how the glycerin looks with food coloring

This kiddo got curious. . . experimented . . . and investigated. And were delighted with the results of the investigation!

Tandem Teaching Earth Fair 2010. Kids play with glycerin and food coloring.

The kids were busy working...

Tandem Teaching Earth Fair 2010. Melissa helps kids play with glycerin and food coloring.

And so were we...

Tandem Teaching Earth Fair 2010. Little girl plays with food coloring and glycerin.

And creating...

Tandem Teaching Earth Fair 2010. Melissa and little girl hold glycerin and food coloring creation.

And got sad when our messy creations had to get left behind, but managed to pep up when we heard our creation would last forever in a picture on the website and we could look at it whenever we wanted!

You can see more photos on Flickr and our Facebook fan page. Want to get a whole bunch of fun “recipes” like this one? Check out the Inventive Play eKit.

Melissa is the founder of Tandem Teaching and teaches in the inner-city. She blogs weekly about tips parents can implement to enhance their connection with their children and ways to bring out their children’s inherent gifts. Contact her for a private consulting session.

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Jim May 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Looks like everyone had an all around great time! Dirty hands are a good sign that creation is happening!